Ultra wins rail power deal

Network Rail has awarded Ultra Electronic’s PMES business a contract worth over £6m for its specialist trackside electrical power equipment


Network Rail has awarded Ultra Electronic’s Rugeley, Staffordshire-based PMES business a contract worth over £6m for its specialist trackside electrical power equipment.



This contract is part of Network Rail’s continuing process of renewing and upgrading the infrastructure of its rail network. The equipment will be delivered over a two-year period commencing in 2008.



Electronics and sensing specialist Ultra’s scope of work under this contract includes the design and supply of 56 Transformer Rectifier Units (TRUs) and 14 associated protection panels. The contract includes an option for the purchase another five TRUs. These units are required to replace ageing equipment with new, higher power devices.



As train operators introduce more modern rolling stock into service, with air conditioning, electric doors and additional safety features, demand for electrical power increases. According to Ultra, this effect is especially apparent in Network Rail’s south eastern territory where the density of rail traffic is at its highest and where growth in passenger demand remains strong.



Douglas Caster, chief executive of Ultra, said: ‘Ultra has a proven record as a supplier of advanced trackside power equipment to Network Rail and played a significant role in the major power supply upgrade for the south east region a few years ago. We now look forward to being a valued partner to Network Rail in the continuing process of maintaining a modern, reliable rail system power infrastructure.’